Wayne Messenger-Roberts Psychotherapist
I am an accredited Psychotherapist (UKCP) and Supervisor. I have worked and practiced throughout a broad range of psychological services; from the fast-paced, high volume caseload of a typical NHS setting which has been alongside my own private practice based in Exeter, Devon and London where I practice as an Integrative Psychotherapist offering both, brief and long term psychotherapy.
In my practice: I draw upon a broad spectrum of psychotherapeutic knowledge and experience, and adjust my approach to match the unique set of needs that each individual or couple/family I work with deserve and require.
I am flexible in my theoretical approach depending on each client's particular needs. I can draw upon the most effective tools and techniques from a number of schools and traditions including:
Psychodynamic: used to understand our early life experiences, history, triggers, driving factors and the likely unconscious structures that form the the fabric of our patterns of behaviour.
Cognitive Behavioural (CBT): used to understand the the 'here and now' aspect of living. The relationship between our thoughts, feelings and behaviours and how we can analyse our cognitions and behaviour to help us better understand the decisions we make and our often complex choices. CBT is a very effective problem solving tool.
Humanistic (Gestalt & Person- Centred): used to understand and own our choices, make brave decisions, understanding our qualities and the deeply important aspect of finding compassion for who we are. A vital approach when seeking to gain confidence and take ownership of your next steps, whilst caring for and finding compasion for the vulnerable parts.
Existential and The Transpersonal: a space to understand life's big questions... and there are many! What is life? What is true freedom? How can I find deeper meaning in my work? My family? My marriage/relationships? and why do these questions hold such weight? Using Existential &Transpersonal approaches we can seek new or additional perpsectives that bring a greater sense of agency, insight and felt sense of satisfaction?
Therapy: is rarely one dimensional and often requiring more than one method or solution, and it is the careful weaving and application of the above approaches that for me, is what it means to be an integrative psychotherapist so that I may best meet the needs of my clients.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have spent the past 20 years exploring and studying psychotherpay and personal growth, and my early counselling career was working with adolescents and the 18-25 client group who were trying to understand an often recent mental health diagnosis with a deep desire for an more meaningful inner transformation.
This extended to working with individuals in one to one (1:1) personal therapy as well as with couples and families using relationship counselling models, as well as using more effective problem solving skills through better communication strategies and conflict resolution principles. I can help you to bring awareness to the relationship between what you think, what you feel and your behaviour so that you will have greater insight into the often multi-layered cause of your difficulty. This of course should consider that not all challenges or dfficulties have a tangible cause or reason so how do we then find the strength to sit with the uncertainty and how do we find acceptance among such overwhelming feelings.
I am registered and accredited as a clinical psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I trained at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE), the largest training centre for integrative transpersonal psychotherapy in Europe, based in London.
The five year postgraduate diploma programme is accredited by the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). The CCPE is also a member of the (UKCP). I abide by the UKCP Ethical Code of practice.
I have an additional qualification in Supervision through the University of Exeter and I practice across a broad range of clinical and psychological services including:
A private practice based in central Exeter and London.
A private practice working within a local charity run counselling service based in Exeter.
I am often involved in local college courses teaching or invited as a guest speaker and visiting lecturer.
This alongside 8 years experience of working in NHS settings where I am currently a Clinical Team Lead of a multi-disciplinary team of CAMHS Practitioners in Exeter Devon.
My professional background prior to Psychotherapy, was in HR, Training and Coaching.
Having obtained a foundation level in counselling at the Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education (CCPE) in London in 2010, I then went on to complete a four-year Diploma in integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at the same institution in 2015, as well as qualifying as an IAPT accredited supervisor through the University of Exeter in 2018.
This was alongside a research based MA through the University of Northampton in 2016 where my research used attachment narrative to explore the concept of ‘home’ resulting in a growing interest in the area of managing relationships and specifically people with a diagnosis of personality disorder.
I have vast experience of working collaboratively in a multi-disciplinary team, including the experience of leading and managing teams. I provide an undertaking of specialist mental health assessment and therapeutic interventions for children, young people and adults with mental health problems; including risk assessments.
My career and expertise offers a vast background of working with Adults and then expanding to work in the NHS alongside Children, Young People and their Families. This blend of 1:1 long term psychotherapy and the brief solution-focused, practice based work within the NHS brings a wealth of experience when seeking to understand the multiple diffciulties that inspire people to seek support through psychotherapy.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are variable and often consider the outcome of a comprehensive assessment and formulation process resulting in a detailed and agreed structure for therapy.
With the intention of providing an approximate idea of fees please see the fee list stated below:
1 hour: 1:1 Psychotherapy and Counselling sessions: £45
1 hour: Couples Psychotherapy and Counselling sessions: £60
1 hour 45 minutes: Full Initial Assessment and Formulation: £80 (this assessment is recommended for clients who have no history of psychotherapy and counselling and require support in forming clear goals and objectives for the therapy - N.B. this can be taken as a full session or 2 X 50 minute sessions).
1 hour: Full Initial Assessment and Formulation: £50 (the 1 hour assessment is recommended for clients who have had a history of psychotherapy and counselling and have clear goals and objectives for therapy).
Reduced fee options: I have a strong belief that Counselling and Psychotherapy should be available to people who are unable to afford therapy for a multitude of reasons. I therefore, take enquiries for reduced fee work from people who are: in full-time education, unemployed/in recepit of benefits. Please note there is a waiting list for this option however, I welcome the enquiry and am happy to discuss this further case by case.
If you have any questions I would be happy to discuss them before making an appointment. Just call me on my mobile number and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
Any notice less than 48 hours notice will incur a full fee charge.
Concessions offered for
** COVID-19 Update:
I will now be offering all clients the option to meet online via video conferencing software, as well as the regular option of face to face. This is in response to the World Health Organization confirming the Coronavirus as a pandemic, and to follow the guidance issued by the NHS and the UK Government relating to social distancing. I will continue to offer counselling and psychotherapy during this difficult, uncertain and worrying time.
Making the first step to contact a therapist can be daunting. However, it can also be the initial step of one of the most important decisions you will make in your life and a clear step toward challenging the issues that have been holding you back in life.
If you find the telephone a diffcult first option and you wish to have an initial discussion via email please email me.